MANILA – The new music streaming app of YouTube is finally available in the Philippines.
Launched on Thursday, YouTube Music houses not just music videos but also albums, singles, remixes, live performances, and covers.
The app has a home screen that recommends playlists, albums, and songs based on user activity, as well as a “smart search” that allows YouTube music to find a track based on lyrics – which is ideal for people who can’t remember titles.
“We wanted to showcase and highlight the large and available music library that’s available on YouTube,” said Gabby Roxas, head of marketing of Google Philippines.
“YouTube is primarily built on video but now we’ve come up with a specialized platform that’s essentially for music,” he added. “But interestingly when we listen to music, we tend to switch between the audio and video. There’s a seamless switch when you’re [on the app].”
Similar to other streaming platforms, YouTube Music has a free, ad-supported option and a paid monthly “premium” subscription with perks such as offline downloads and background play. These are priced at P129 for Android users and the web, and P169 for iOS users.
There is also a plan that bundles a YouTube Music premium subscription and an ad-free experience with background play and offline downloads for videos on the main YouTube app. Called YouTube Premium, these cost P159 a month for Android and web and P209 a month for iOS.
Those living in the same household can avail of the “family plan,” a monthly subscription of YouTube Music Premium that is good for five users. Prices are at P199 for Android and web and P259 for iOS.
Students get to enjoy a discounted rate of P65 per month for YouTube Music Premium services, but they have to meet certain conditions – such as being enrolled in a school where YouTube student memberships are offered, and having an ID approved by the verification platform SheerID.